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Spending your holidays in Morocco can be a wonderful experience with adventure as well as cultural and gastronomic delights for those who are first time visitors ! Here is a guide featuring everything from getting there to getting home safely with lots of great stories to pass on to your friends and family

For a first time visitor to Morocco there may be some parts of your trip that you are anxious about. We will cover information you need to know about visas, money, getting around the country easily and local customs that you may not know.

Morocco is a beautiful country with friendly people, amazing scenery and incredible traditions. Book one of many excursions with Mazagan to explore Morocco during your stay.

Getting there

The best way to travel to Morocco is by sea or by air. Ferry boats from Spain run frequently and are the shortest and fastest way to get to Morocco from continental Europe. Ferries also run from France and Italy but take longer and are scheduled more infrequently.

If you are driving from continental Europe it is a fairly simple process to take your car into Morocco on a ferry. This will be less expensive than renting a car in-country.

You can also buy bus and train tickets from European destinations to various cities in Morocco through European transport companies.

Morocco has three international airports located in Casablanca, Tangier and Agadir and is a destination for many airlines around the world. Many budget travel websites offer specials on flights for holidays in Morocco.

When arriving in Morocco,citizens of the following nations do not need to pay for a visa, although your passport will still be stamped and you will need to go through customs: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela.

Money matters

Morocco uses a currency called the Dirham, which is divided into 100 centimes. You can exchange money and travellers checks at all major banks in Morocco in addition to having ATMs available in the cities. Popular hotels, restaurants and retail venues will accept credit cards, but keep cash on hand for smaller purchases and for use on public transportation.

If you are planning to use your credit card to withdraw money from an ATM make sure to inform your bank of your travels so that they do not freeze your account for unusual activity.

Check the exchange rate of the currency before you travel !

Transportation around Morocco

Getting around Morocco is simple and easy even if you don't have your own car. Although it is very easy to bring your own car into Morocco from the ferry many travellers choose to take public transportation or rent a car during their stay.

Busses and trains make it easy to travel in Morocco between the major Moroccan cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Tangier. Busses and shared taxis (called grand taxis) run between villages and cities frequently.

Petit taxis run in the city limits and use a standard meter, which travellers should make sure is turned on before going anywhere.

Renting a car in Morocco can be very expensive. You will find better prices in the bigger cities because of the larger number of car rental companies providing a healthy amount of competition. Petrol is readily available but the distances between the major cities in Morocco farther than most travellers realize when they book holidays in Morocco.

For more information on travelling around Morocco please contact Mazagan here.

Staying healthy

Most Moroccan travel guides recommend that when in Morocco it is best to stick to bottled water for drinking. The tap water is full of minerals which many travellers' bodies aren't used to !

No vaccinations are required to travel to Morocco although having a current Typhoid and Hepatitis A immunization is recommended.

When eating out it is important to be aware of the conditions surrounding your food and stay away from cuisine you aren't entirely sure of.

Cultural insights

There are few cultural insights that will be helpful for you to know when you travel Morocco.

Learn a few local phrases like "Please", "Thank you" and greetings like "Good morning" and "Good evening". You don't have to be fluent in French, Berber or Moroccan arabic, but knowing a few words will help you get around a bit easier.

If you are purchasing items in a souk don't be afraid to haggle ! Bargaining is expected and can be enjoyable, humorous experience for you and the shop keeper. If you see something you want to buy don't rush the process - you may be offered a tea or coffee before price is even discussed, which establishes an important relationship between you and the shop owner.
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